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Woman Charged With Manslaughter In Hit-And-Run Death In Norwalk

Darlene Moody Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department
A woman was arrested in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian back in September in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

NORWALK, Conn. — A 51-year-old Norwalk woman was charged with manslaughter and drunken driving in the hit-and-run death of a 65-year-old man in September, police said.

Darlene Moody of 39 Fairfield Ave., turned herself in to police at 2 p.m. Sunday. 

She was charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, evading responsibility, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, interfering with an officer/resisting arrest and reckless driving.

She was held on $500,000 bond for a Dec. 14 court appearance. 

Related story: Norwalk Pedestrian, 65, Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver Identified By Police

At about 9:15 p.m. Sept. 15, 65-year-old Archie Hilliard was found lying in the street at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Lowe Street and suffering from life-threatening injuries, police said. 

The vehicle that had struck Hilliard, who was a walking in the area, fled the scene before officers arrived, police said.

Hilliard was transported to Norwalk Hospital, where he died of his injuries, police said.

He lived on Leonard Street in Norwalk, about 2 miles from where he was hit, police said.

Patrol officers quickly located the suspect — Darlene Moody — and her vehicle on nearby Ely Avenue, police said. 

Blood evidence was obtained from Moody, which later showed her to be over the legal limit to drive, police said. After a lengthy investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Moody, and she turned herself in on Sunday.

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